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More on the 'American Idol' guys

I was thinking about last night's American Idol performances -- how totally boring most of the guys were. I was looking for the standouts, like last season's Chris Daughtry, Taylor Hicks and Elliott Yamin, who even at this point in the show last season had started to make an impression.

I went back to the Top 8 guys performances last year, and it seems like it was a rough week that time around, too. Beyond Chris, Elliott and Taylor, there were others who were making their mark. Ace Young was garnering the hottie vote, and Bucky Covington had the Southern rocker thing going on (sort of, but at least memorably). And I still remember the performances by Kevin Covais, Will Makar and Gedeon McKinney, which is almost more than I can say for some of last night's.

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At least by this time last season, some of the voices were starting to make an impression. I'm interested to see more from Chris Sligh, Blake Lewis and Sundance Head -- maybe Chris Richardson, since the judges have stated he's not living up to his potential yet. The other four I'm not invested in at all. I'm hoping the women do a better job this evening, and that the voters don't kick out some of the better people.

Incidentally, we all know what's going on with Daughtry and Taylor Hicks, but not so much about Elliott Yamin. According to his MySpace page, he has a new album out March 20. There are a couple of clips on the page, too, which are a nice reminder of his rich vocal performances on AI last season. I'm hoping some of these guys start to step it up pretty soon.

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